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09 March 2017

WWF

Media Statement

For Immediate Use – Thursday 9 March 2017

FLOATING OFFSHORE WINDFARM APPROVED – WWF comment

+ Windfarm will support the creation of around 110 jobs

+ Power the equivalent of almost 56,000 homes

Responding to the announcement today (Thursday) that planning consent for an eight turbine floating offshore wind farm off Aberdeen has been approved by the Scottish Government [1]  Lang Banks, director of WWF Scotland said:

"The continued development of floating turbines in Scotland is encouraging as it could enable us and other nations to secure even more clean power from offshore wind.  One thing is clear, if we are to meet our future climate and energy targets we will certainly need both more onshore and offshore wind in the future.

"With the right political support for offshore wind and other technologies, Scotland can remain on course to secure half of all its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030.

“Research shows that generating half of our energy from renewables by 2030 is both necessary and achievable. We look forward to working with the Scottish Government and others to make sure that the policies needed are put in place to deliver on this ambition.”

Notes to Editors

[1] Scottish Government press release

http://news.gov.scot/news/floating-offshore-windfarm-approved